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Upper House approves U.S.-Japan trade deal

Business / Economy Dec 4, 2019

Upper House approves U.S.-Japan trade deal

The Diet approved a trade deal with the United States on Wednesday that slashes tariffs on farm and industrial goods, clearing the way for its entry into force at the beginning of next year. The deal, agreed to by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. ...

Nakamura Hochu: The Osakan Rinpa pioneer

Art Dec 4, 2019

Nakamura Hochu: The Osakan Rinpa pioneer

by Matthew Larking

The Rinpa school of painting's initial phase was formed by the superlative talents of Honami Koetsu (1558-1637) and Tawaraya Sotatsu (c. 1570-c. 1630) in late 16th-century Kyoto. The aesthetics resonated with the grand and powerful ornamental inclinations of the Momoyama Period (1573-1603) — gold ...

Panthers fire head coach Ron Rivera

More Sports / Football Dec 4, 2019

Panthers fire head coach Ron Rivera

Panthers owner David Tepper said he would have preferred to wait until after the season to make a coaching change. Tepper ultimately decided he wanted to get a jumpstart on his search for a new coach, so he fired Ron Rivera, the franchise's winningest coach, ...

U.S., France, Japan to march last in 2020 Parade of Nations

Olympics Dec 4, 2019

U.S., France, Japan to march last in 2020 Parade of Nations

The International Olympic Committee announced at an Executive Board meeting Tuesday that the United States, France and Japan will be the last three countries to march in the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Games. As in previous editions, Japan as host will be the ...

Israel Folau, Rugby Australia reach settlement

Rugby Dec 4, 2019

Israel Folau, Rugby Australia reach settlement

Rugby Australia and Israel Folau reached a settlement Wednesday that will end the former Wallaby's multi-million dollar lawsuit over his dismissal for anti-gay comments. Rugby Australia apologized for "any hurt or harm" caused to Folau as part of a joint statement confirming the confidential agreement ...

Smoke haze provides added hazard at Australian Open

More Sports / Golf Dec 4, 2019

Smoke haze provides added hazard at Australian Open

Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els and other players at this week's Australian Open could have another course hazard to contend with: smoke from nearby bushfires. A temperature inversion which formed over Sydney on Monday night trapped smoke in the region on Tuesday and caused ...